Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!
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Remove the penalty that prevents people with disabilities from marrying!

    1. Dominick Evans
    2. Petition by

      Dominick Evans

      Centerville, OH

When we think of marriage equality, we think about the ongoing fight LGBT couples face, but another minority group must deal with the stark reality that they are better off living in long-term committed relationships, without marriage. Like LGBT couples, these couples are denied the right to over 1,100 rights afforded to married couples. They have been denied access into their loved ones hospital rooms, faced family disputes over wills and have been denied spousal benefits from their partners workplace or the government in the event of their partners death. These are people with disabilities.

Many people rely on the government for medical and financial assistance. Without medical insurance they would have no way to live independently. They would be forced into nursing homes (some already are), which would cost the government significantly more than getting Medicare and/or Medicaid does. At the same time, this assistance comes with a price. The government expects married couples to share income and that affects any assistance the couple receives. For many, their spouse makes too much (even if they make meager SSDI payments). This cuts into the healthcare services these couples receive. For some, their able-bodied partners make too much to allow them to qualify for medical assistance, if married, but not enough to pay out of pocket for costly medical equipment, medicine, or any other needs the disabled partner has. Add in the fact that even when a person with a disability can work, the opportunity for quality medical insurance is hard to find, due to their pre-existing condition and you will understand why many couples with disabilities are forced to live in domestic partnerships. Also, if two people with disabilities marry and they are on SSI or SSDI, their payments are CUT significantly, making it hard for them to maintain independence and afford their own food, shelter, clothing or other necessities.

The time to stand up is now!! Let your Senators and Representatives know you want to remove the income caps placed on couples with disabilities, so they can keep the government assistance and still be able to get married. Every loving couple deserves the right to marry. Help make it possible for those with disabilities to share the love without being penalized!

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      Dominick Evans
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      Because this is both a state and federal issue, we've added recepients from all 50 states to the petition. Please keep sharing this and tell family and friends to sign!

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Deborah Vasquez DAYTON, TX
      • about 12 hours ago

      My son wants to marry his fiance. He is her full time provider. They are young. he has never left her side since the accident. They hit a cow in the road after dark.They received no compensation.

    • Nancy Peetz OMAHA, NE
      • 9 days ago

      My son is quadriplegic and vent dependent and I agree with what is said that the government programs ...Meidcare/Medicaid penalize people who need assistance by making a spouse responsible for the cost of cares. The should encourage people to remain/get married. The caring spouse is a HUGE part of keeping the person with a disability out of long term facilities which save the gov. more money in the long run!

    • Nicolette Barischoff OAK PARK, CA
      • 10 days ago

      As a disabled adult, I feel my rights have been limited by a bureaucracy that does not understand or appreciate my experience. I feel the current laws do not allow me the freedom to marry without utterly surrendering the independence that the government claims it so wishes me to have.

    • Dixon Gray SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 11 days ago

      This allows a population of people to have the same relationships that most others enjoy. No one should be excluded.

    • Jodi Surtees NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • 11 days ago

      My son is disabled and I want him to have equal rights as his father and I do.


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